Tobang Restaurant Review, Santa Clara

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Tobang

1052 Kiely Blvd

Santa Clara, CA 95051

408-615-7540

Tobang Santa Clara exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Tobang is located next door to the Korean restaurant Kunjip in a Santa Clara strip mall full of Korean merchants. We had enough soup and noodles there, and wanted some Korean BBQ.

Insider Tip – This restaurant gets crowded, come early.

Cuisine – Korean
Location – Santa Clara
Opened – 2009

Tobang Santa Clara interior decor

Service – Tobang had reasonable service, with a friendly waitress. You do have to hail down to get things done.
Verdict – Tobang serves up very good Korean food. Oakland and Santa Clara are ground zero for some of the best Korean food in the San Francisco Bay Area. Be sure to check out Sura and Pyung Chang in Oakland.
Next door is soup, noodle restaurant, Kunjip. Jang Su Jang is more famous and has nicer interior decor but we like the food here better.

Signature Dishes – BBQ Meats.

Tobang’s Menu is not large but includes all the familiar items including BBQ, Bi Bim Bab, etc.

Picks:

Tobang Santa Clara panchan

Banchan included 7 decent items.

Tobang Santa Clara seafood pancake

Korean Seafood Pancake ($11.99) was surprisingly excellent. Nice thin and crisp crust, tasty seafood flavors.

Tobang Santa Clara galbi BBQ short ribs

BBQ Beef Ribs Kalbi ($16.99) did not come out of the kitchen sizzling hot, but still proved to be very good. Nice flavors including a hint of fruitiness. They also included pickled daikon to wrap the meat in.

Tobang Santa Clara seafood Bi Bim Bab

Seafood Bi Bim Bab in a clay pot ($12.99) was also very good. The waitress recommended the seafood one over the beef one, a really good suggestion.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Tobang on Urbanspoon

Tobang Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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